According to the Center for Disease Control more than 300,000 incidences of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest happen each year in the United States and unfortunately, the survival rate is only about 8 percent for those individuals. However, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
Currently, bystanders in the U.S. only do CPR in 15 to 30 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.
Antelope Valley residents can learn to save a life during Sidewalk CPR Day on Tuesday, June 5. Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) in partnership with American Medical Response (AMR) will provide “hands-only” CPR training from 9 a.m. – noon at the Community Resource Center, 44151 15th Street West in Lancaster. AVH is one of nearly 100 sites throughout Los Angeles County to participate in Sidewalk CPR Day. The training takes just 10 minutes.
Also known as compression-only CPR, hands-only CPR is different from conventional mouth-to-mouth CPR. It is designed to give people basic skills, which if provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival until emergency responders arrive. Frequent chest compressions move oxygenated blood through the body, keeping the brain and other vital organs alive until the heart can be restarted.
“CPR training is the key for ordinary people to save lives and provide assistance in cases of trauma or cardiac arrest,” said Maureen Fitzgerald, RN, AVH’s cardiovascular clinical coordinator. “While emergency responders are on their way, a bystander can step in and be the difference between life and death.”
During Sidewalk CPR Day, participants will receive information about the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and instruction on how to perform effective chest compressions.
For more details, view the event on Facebook and RSVP.